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Erith man jailed for stabbing man in wheelchair

PUBLISHED: 12:18 18 January 2015 | UPDATED: 12:19 18 January 2015

Michael Connor.

Michael Connor.

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He waited outside the victim’s house armed with a knife.

A 54-year-old Erith man has been jailed for stabbing a man in a wheelchair.

Michael Connor, 54, of Betsham Road, Erith, was jailed for nine years at the Inner London Crown Court on Friday.

He was found guilty of grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent.

Police were called to reports of a disturbance in Maynard Close, Erith, just before 8pm on April 1.

Officers found a 51-year-old man suffering from stab wounds to his arm and hip.

He was taken to a south London hospital, where he received treatment to his injuries for a number of days.

Connor, who was known to the victim, was arrested at the scene.

He required hospital treatment for facial injuries received during the fight.

He had waited outside the victim’s house armed with a knife and when the victim and his girlfriend arrived home he confronted them, and stabbed the wheelchair bound victim during a fight that ensued.

Detective Nadeem Zia of Bexleyheath CID said: “This was a vicious assault on a vulnerable victim and I hope that the sentence sends out a strong message that violence related offences will not be tolerated.

“I am very grateful for the local residents who came forward and assisted us with this investigation.

“A violent offender is behind bars and the local area is definitely safer as a result.”

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